Welcome to that electric car show for October 23rd 2019, Im David Oneal
Coming up on todays show
Bmw says the i3 is not going anywhere after all, Land Rover has plans to announce a off-road fully electric vehicle, and the Tesla model s may be getting a new refresh with count them 1,2,3 motors for the new trim motor configuration
Plus because you asked for it, we count down the top 15 best selling electric cars worldwide
So lets get charged up for this episode of that electric car show
NEWS ITEM 1
Bmw says the i3 is not going anywhere after all, according to inside evs, my first electric car was an i3
There have been numerous conflicting reports in past years about the i3’s future. I’ve heard that the i3 and the X1 will basically merge into one all-new electric car. We’ve even recently heard from BMW AG Board of Management member Pieter Nota, that the i3 will die off soon and there will be no successor.
Now, it appears we finally have an idea of where BMW is going with the i3, and it comes from none other than BMW’s new CEO, Oliver Zipse. According to an interview with the German outlet Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Zipse said the i3 will indeed live on, and it will continue to get improvements, including another battery pack upgrade.
“The i3 will continue to be produced, no question about it. The car is already an icon today. Which car can claim this after only six years? Icons tick according to a different logic, they don’t have a classic successor, they always remain true to themselves in essence.” Today, the i3 is more in demand than ever and will “make another leap in battery and operating concepts”.
The BMW i3 is quite similar in size as the Ford Fiesta however it looks bigger and more spacious inside and out; its also 300kg lighter than Nissan Leaf. Its blue kidney grille and U shaped LED daytime running lights help contribute to a fresh look for the car.
The BMW i3 can travel up to 124 miles on a single charge which is ideal for city commuting, especially for home-to-work travelling. The i3 also has a range-extender version that comes with a two-cylinder petrol engine for your peace of mind of keeping batteries from running flat. With the range extender equipped, it allows you to travel further 80 miles.
“The i cars – the i3 and the i8 – are not comparable with normal BMW cars, which usually have a life cycle of about seven years. With i we will always try something new. Every year we’ve been selling more. We’re still confident with the car, and about its future success. If more people like it, and they keep liking it, why should we drop it?” Irlinger added. That’s something we’ve heard time and time again and it looks like it’s turning out to be true. We’re just curious about how BMW plans to upgrade its i models.
NEWS ITEM 2
Range Rover have announced a new fully electric vehicle this week according to autocar
The Range Rover label remains because the machine will be pitched at a luxury audience.
he has hinted at new models in the range, recently saying to reporters: “We will launch things to expand the product portfolio. We won’t stand still. So you can expect these [new models] as you can also expect updates of our existing cars.”
The firm only recently confirmed it was developing the next-generation Jaguar XJ as an electric car, as first revealed by Autocar in 2015, with the model set to be built at the firm’s Castle Bromwich plant.
NEWS ITEM 3
New rumors about the Tesla model s refresh
First off, the Model S and Model X refresh that the electric car maker is preparing to introduce later this year will potentially feature a tri-motor design, with one small motor in the front and two larger motors at the rear. The upcoming vehicles will further establish Tesla’s lead in terms of range as well, with the Model S refresh reportedly going for an EPA rating north of 400 miles (644 km) per charge, and the Model X nearing the 400-mile per charge mark.
The refreshed flagship vehicles will potentially be fitted with larger and lighter battery packs, which will provide a bit of increased performance and even more range. Tesla is reportedly adopting a new cooling system for the Model S and Model X refresh’s motors and batteries too. These new cooling systems are currently being tested under extreme heat in areas such as the Mojave Desert and Death Valley, according to the Tesla insider.
The specifics of the Model S and Model X refresh’s updated batteries were not disclosed by the Tesla insider, though it was mentioned that the upcoming vehicles would be compatible with the Supercharger V3 Network. This should allow the flagship sedan and SUV to charge at 250 kW, just like its smaller sibling, the Model 3. The refreshed Model S and Model X are reportedly expected to be unveiled sometime later this year.
While Elon Musk has largely downplayed a potential refresh for the Model S and Model X, the company has been taking active steps to improve its flagship vehicles. Last April, Tesla rolled out updates to the flagship sedan and SUV, with the former being given a range of 360 and both vehicles receiving a revamped adaptive suspension setup. Perhaps Tesla is preparing to feature the refreshed Model S and Model X another in another surprise reveal at the Tesla pickup truck reveal? One can only hope.
Ok someone on twitter asked us “ What are the top 15 best selling electric cars worldwide, and we thought this was a great idea to share and compiled this list
Starting at the bottom with number 15
The BMW 5 Series 530e only became available in 2017 with the introduction of the seventh G30 generation. Nevertheless, the luxury mid-size plug-in hybrid went to work immediately and quickly accumulated 14,805 sales.
The e-Golf was Volkswagen’s hybrid car, improvised by installing a battery inside. In the 2015 road test, it did well in a city ride but failed as a conventional family car. It took more than four good years for American consumers to buy a mere 14,941 units. The e-Golf’s range is estimated at 125 miles on a single charge.
13. BMW X5 xDrive40e
The X5 is the Bavarian automaker;s first ever SUV, having debuted way back in 1999. Correspondingly, the xDrive40e version of the luxury SUV is the company’s very first plug-in hybrid vehicle – something that they’re aiming to build upon.
12. Honda Clarity
The upscale mid-size car from Honda is available either as a plug-in hybrid, fully electric, or a fuel-cell vehicle. Needless to say, the plug-in is the most affordable, hence it’s also the best-selling of the three. Honda has marketed 25,018 units since December 1, 2017 surpassing a number of veteran electric cars on its way to the twelfth spot of the best-selling electrics in the U.S. since 2010.
11. Fiat 500e
Its small size notwithstanding, the Fiat 500e surprised many when thousands of units were sold in the U.S. in 2016 alone. The late Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said the car was a money-loser but his word was lost in the vigor and appeal of the 500e the buyers found enthralling.
10. BMW i3
The BMW’s approach to EV production was slightly different than it was the case with other manufacturers. They fused both pure EV and plug-in hybrid systems into the i3. This innovative method ensured the car’s gas engine range to be nearly equal to its EV range. This gave drivers a choice: you could use the weaker gas engine and then charge when the gas runs out.
Ford briefly stopped making plug-in hybrids after the Focus Electric, Fusion Energi, and C-Max Energi came out in 2012, but will pick things up after 2020. The Max’s unique feature of running 20 miles on electric power before switching to gasoline made it a hot cake on the U.S. market.
It ranked fifth in 2013 and remains top ten to date. So far, Ford has sold 42,231 units of the C-Max Energi but won’t be selling any more of them since the C-Max got the axe in 2019. The plug-in Energi was discontinued even earlier, back in 2017.
The Chevy Bolt was unveiled in late 2016 and already finds itself in the top 10 best-selling EVs and plug-ins in the U.S. since 2010 (or pretty much all-time if you will). With 48,517 units sold since, the city car is expected to remain on the list for foreseeable time. Chevrolet will, however, face the federal tax limit soon, so they’ll either have to lower Bolt’s price or risk buyers looking elsewhere.
The Ford Fusion Energi offers you the luxury and comfort of any regular car; with 25 miles of electric driving to boot. A plug-in model like its sister model, the Ford Fusion struck a chord among consumers upon its release. The Fusion gained momentum in 2016 when Ford revamped already existing models and old ones.
06. Tesla Model X
The Model X’s meteoric rise among the best-selling electric cars is nothing short of a surprise. Just a year after its intense production process which was completed in 2015, it sold 14,562 units. A number that’s currently standing at 72,127 in 2019. That record sale made the Model X a threat to other EV models at the time – a threat that proved to be true. The next tallying is expected to push its demand higher.
The Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid is still one of the best-selling models in the EV generation. Though not red-hot as the conventional hybrid models, the Prius Prime still managed to sell 100,759 models between its introduction to the market in 2012 and early 2019.
04. Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf has dominated the electric car market for what seems like an eternity. Its electric power range (226 miles), road performance, and cost couldn’t possibly be pitted against any other EV. It remained a favorite among the first-generation EV consumers.
The Tesla Model S has no doubt set pace in the advent of EVs. An iconic symbol of cars in its stature, it has fulfilled the Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s aspiration of making EVs a part of our lives. The Tesla Model S has ensured the pulse of electric vehicles keeps pumping.
02. Chevrolet Volt
Even though the Chevrolet Volt is not purely electric, its range extender capability places it at the top. It has a gas engine that remains as effective as an electric system. These seemingly contrasting features have earned the Volt undue criticism; but as they say, numbers don’t lie. If anything, drivers who own the Chevy Volt use more EV range compared to the Nissan Leaf drivers, and that alone should dispel the skewed perceptions towards this EV maverick.
01. Tesla Model 3
One of the last electric cars to arrive to the market, the long-awaited Model 3 has broken all sales records and keeps counting. In less than two years between July of 2017 and April of 2019, the latest addition to the Tesla lineup has managed to find no fewer than 187,971 new owners in the U.S. alone.
As of 2019, this figure climbs by rate of 10,000 and more units per month so it can safely be expected that there won’t be any electric vehicles capable of dethroning the best-selling electric car in the U.S. for quite a while. The only real competition might be the forthcoming Tesla Model Y, but the affordable electric crossover is still ways down the road.
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